Upon that night, when fairies light On Cassilis Downans dance, Or owre the lays, in splendid blaze, On sprightly coursers prance; Or for Colean the route is ta’en, Beneath the moon’s pale beams; There, up the cove, to stray and rove, Among the rocks and streams To sport that night.
Among the bonny winding banks, Where Doon rins, wimplin’ clear, Where Bruce ance ruled the martial ranks, And shook his Carrick spear, Some merry, friendly, country-folks, Together did convene, To burn their nits, and pou their stocks, And haud their Halloween Fu’ blithe that night.
The lasses feat, and cleanly neat, Mair braw than when they’re fine; Their faces blithe, fu’ sweetly kythe, Hearts leal, and warm, and kin’; The lads sae trig, wi’ wooer-babs, Weel knotted on their garten, Some unco blate, and some wi’ gabs, Gar lasses’ hearts gang startin’ Whiles fast at night.
~HALLOWEEN by Robert Burns
You will find the entire poem HERE
Hello My Lovelies,
I hope that this post finds you all well and warm and equipped with a stack of Jane Austen, or Austen-inspired, novels.
What a cold and drizzly week it has been here! Yet I suppose, dear readers, it is a rather fitting way to herald in autumn and kick-start Addicted to Jane Austen’s two weeks of Thrills & Chills. Plus this nasty weather gives me an excuse to curl up with a stack of Austen-inspired books and watch a movie or two (or my complete collection of Austen adaptations, but were not going to talk about that).
My town goes to the extremes for Halloween—they deck out the historical homes, hold three beggars nights, host a few ghost walks, as well as a dozen more activities. My neighbors, they are more extreme than the town. Every weekend they host Halloween parties that go on until the wee hours of the morning. Last night I was treated to a poorly mixed cd of haunted house sounds until 3 am. I ended up having a mini Jane Austen read-athon (more about that next week).
Looking for Austen-inspired fiction to gear up for Halloween? Here are a few that I found on my shelf.
- Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange
- Emma and the Vampires by Jane Austen and Wayne Josephson
- Mr. Darcy’s Bite by Mary Lydon Simonsen
- Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith
- The Phantom of Pemberley by Regina Jeffers
- Mr. Darcy’s Vampire Desire by Regina Jeffers
- Murder at Mansfield Park Lynn Shepherd
- Pride & Pyramids: Mr. Darcy in Egypt by Amanda Grange & Jacqueline Webb
- Pulse and Prejudice by Colette L. Saucier
Here is what is happening this week:
October 22-Halloween Traditions in Regency England
October 23-Review of Vampire Darcy’s Desire by Regina Jeffers
October 24-Review of Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange
October 25-Review of Mr. Darcy’s Bite by Mary Lydon Simonsen
October 26-Friday Film—Northanger Abbey
Do you have a favorite book you read at this time of year? Or a favorite movie you watch? Or do you have particular traditions that you take part it? I would love to hear about them.
Until We Meet Again,